[tz] Preparing to fork tzdb

Philip Paeps philip at trouble.is
Wed Sep 22 10:17:54 UTC 2021

On 2021-09-22 06:32:58 (+0800), dpatte via tz wrote:
> Ezactly, which is why tz must use iso countries in its 
> specification.Anything less than accepting iso countries, and 
> continuing to use tz countries is nothing but a tz attempt to apply 
> it's own political decisions on others.Iso has that mandate, not tz. 
>  tzdb will continue to be easier to maintainand use if it focuses on 
> timekeeping, not politics.

tzdb regions refer to areas where people agree what time it is (or was). 
  Whether or not those people agree on what country they are in is (or 
should be) no concern of the tzdb.

Having an ISO two-letter code assigned (or not) does not confer any kind 
of consensus that a named region is a country (or not).  Moreover, ISO 
takes no position on the boundaries of the regions assigned two-letter 

Finding consensus on a mapping between countries and time zones is 
axiomatically impossible since no consensus exists on what countries 
even are.


Philip Paeps
Senior Reality Engineer
Alternative Enterprises

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